Fight The Negative Effects Of Sugar In Your Skin

Sure, you know that sugar isn't exactly the best ingredient to consume on a daily basis, after all, it's bad for your figure and can also cause wrinkles.

That's because sugar molecules in your system attach to fats and proteins in a process called glycation, which leads to advanced glycation end products, commonly called AGEs, that cause protein fibers to become stiff and malformed.

Unfortunately, the proteins in your skin that are most prone to glycation happen to be the same ones that make a youthful complexion plump: collagen and elastin. During the process, they become discolored, weak and less supple, which then shows up on the skin as wrinkles, sagginess and a loss of radiance.

What's worse, these external signs start to show up around the age of 30 to 35, when sun damage, environmental oxidative stress, hormonal changes and the development of AGEs begins to result in fine lines.

It's important to note that refined sugar is not the only culprit. Whole grains, fruits and vegetables also turn to glucose when digested, although there is less damage and these foods are necessary for our health. So, we shouldn't completely eliminate all types of sugar from our diets. Thankfully, there are some options to fight off the unwanted results of glycation.

With regards to your diet, stay away from white sugar and high-fructose corn syrup, which studies have found increase the rate of glycation by 10 times, along with simple carbs. You can also take supplemental carnosine, an amino acid that has been shown to protect against AGE buildup.

Skin care is also important to slow glycation. Products that contain viable AGE fighters began to appear five years ago. Now that glycation is widely known as a major cause of aging, there are plenty of anti-aging creams containing AGE fighters, too. Green tea has been proven to significantly interfere with the glycation process, while it also stimulates collagen synthesis. So, use a product that contains this antioxidant-rich ingredient, or drink it regularly, to protect your skin from glycation.

“Anything that stimulates the fibroblasts to build new collagen is going to help eradicate damage,” says New York dermatologist Fredric Brandt, MD, who also notes that retinoids and some dermal fillers fall into this category as well.

A couple of products that fight glycation in the skin are SkinCeuticals A.G.E. Eye Complex ($86) which targets advanced glycation end products with blueberry extract and Amore Pacific Time Response Skin Renewal Serum ($525), which harnesses the antioxidant and collagen-restoring powers of green tea stem cells.

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  • Skin Beauty Diva
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    I don't think the article is telling you that the products recommended are the end all be all, they are simply recommendations. There are many products that block or prevent AGE's. Just do your research. The over all info provided in this blog is super relevant and informative. How you proceed thereafter is up to you. Many product lines carry varieties of Vitamin C's or Retinal's which are both helpful in your skins general good health and preventative aging. Be good to your skin and it will be good to you.

  • angel
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    wouldn't it be cheaper to get laser treatments,and fillers then to pay $500.00 a month for an one ounce moisturizer?

  • Jeanne
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    Why do I feel like I've read this article before:

  • Mari
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    Agreed - I have had excellent results from Dermalogica for much less money. At $500 I really wonder what the possible return on investment could be for something over-the-counter.

  • Phillip Cumbee
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    I just wanted to elaborate on what an earlier post mentioned. I my self am a skincare specialist and have to agree that the best topical products to fight the effects of sugar are the ones from Dermalogica. Most people believe that the antiaging line from them is called AGE Smart but it is actually A. G. E. Smart as in Advanced Glycation End products. So these skin care products are specially designed to help slow that process. As far as the most important ingredients to achive this, that is hands down vitamin C. It is impossible to build or even maintain collagen and elastin without high stable levels of topical and internal vitamin C. You should take 3grams of vit C a day and eat foods that are high in vitamin C. As for the topical, in Dermalogica's A.G.E. Smart line they have a product called MAP15 which stands for Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate a nonacidic form of C and that product happens to be the single highest does of STABLE vit C on the market. As far as diet goes you do not have to worry about the sugars in fruits because they contain so much nutrients, vitamins, minerls, antioxidants, and water the the benifits out weigh the small amount of natural sugar which when eaten on an emty stomach will not turn to glucose but rather maltose a much less harmful from of bodily sugar. And finally it is mandatory that you eat a good amount of meat because animal protien is the only food that will give you enough active and sustainable amino acids in your diet. And as we learned in high school science amino acids are the building block of protien and collagen is the skins form of protien.

  • Laura
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    That is so ridiculous! I am a cosmetic junkie and spend regularly on makeup etc. But I have learned to Google for product reviews before I buy anything now. It has cured me of buying lots of stuff that has lousy user reviews but costs $$$. I like to go to or Beautypedia is especially good because it discusses the ingredients and usually points out a similar less expensive product. I'm always shocked at how expensive products contain ingredients that are bad for your skin or just run of the mill. Altho it's pretty comprehensive, it doesn't always have all products, especially the hi-end more obscure luxury products

  • Melinda Woods
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    Do I agree. $500 in this uncertain economy for moisturizer. I am reading someone else's email.

  • anonymous
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    Dermalogica sells fabulous products that help with this process as well and are WAY cheaper. It's in their AGESmart line.

  • Anonymous
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    Is it just me, or does anyone else out there think that $500.00 is a bit pricey for a month's supply of a moisturizer, no matter how good it is!?! Maybe if the vendor backed down on the ridiculously lavish packaging, he could pass the savings on production costs on to his customers. After all, what good is a product that hardly anyone can afford to use?

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